Christopher Lowery comments

Posted in: Anybody want a bear? See in context

I think what Hanyu does with the bears is cool. I only take issue with the fact they only show that kind of enthusiasm for Hanyu. It would have been great if fans through more flowers and gifts for all the athletes. Figure skating is such a difficult enterprise. They all deserve respect and a certain amount of tribute for their efforts. Then they could have all had the chance to donate their gifts to orphans and the like, it would be so nice.

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Posted in: N Korea state media says people blame U.S. for summit breakdown See in context

Honestly, I think Kim Jong Un is a captive man. Captive to his past, and his present. And I think this captiveness is enough to completely devour N Korea's future. And send us all plunging into war.

I don't think he's strong enough to see past Himself. I think his generals and his propaganda chief control him, and China/Russia control them.

But, that's not their fault. Kim is weak. He's scared of China, he's scared of Russia, and he's obviously scared of the U.S.

On top of that, they still think they can hide from our satilites.

But I digress.

The U.S. China and Russia are only doing what's in the best interest of their country. In fact, the only person at the table who is not acting in the best interest of their country is Kim Jong Un. If he did the world would be a little different I think.

Nukes will not keep him or his nation safe, even if they work, which they probably don't. And if he sells the tech he's exporting death.

He really needs to look around. The world is a beautiful place, worth investing in. He should take the olive branch this time.

And if it costs him his life, so be it, he would die a man and a hero I say.

And that's got to be better than the thousand deaths he dying right now. Peace.

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Posted in: Russia calls U.S.-Japan alliance impediment to peace treaty talks See in context

@happythere

Yes, that said, I mean with the US-Japan trade deal, and Japan's currency issue on the table as well, (that you would think would be enough to make any nation stop and assess things) so it seems to me even more reason to 'just walk' right now and see how all these things play themselves out. Seems to be the most prudent thing to right now, to see how earnest China and Russia are at this point. Only time will tell. Peace.

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Posted in: Russia calls U.S.-Japan alliance impediment to peace treaty talks See in context

I think Prime Minister Abe really needs to reflect on what Japan really needs, and then take a hint from Trump when he said

" Sometimes you just have to walk."

But in the meantime the future is bright I think, and I'm sure somewhere down the line Japan, Russia, and China will be able to find some common ground and come to some arrangement, there shouldn't be a rush in these things.

Perhaps the best things to focus on are what each party's limits are at this time, and to stand firm there.

I think this would benefit Japan more than any hasty agreement or meddling with Japan-US relations even in the least.

I think Abe needs to just step back and wait see how the trade agreements work out between US-China, and how the arms-control situation between US-Russia turns out. It seems to me Both China and Russia have bigger issues to deal with, and in the future it could benefit Japan. So right now their best move is to state their position, there wishes, and their limits at this point and to take a step back and wait. Or 'just walk' for now.

Peace.

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Posted in: Apple cuts forecast, citing weak China sales amid trade tensions See in context

Today  05:32 pm JST

I think if he's going to blame China, he needs to blame Apple as well. I mean look, Apple decided to move to China right? For a many number of reasons. But look, do you think Chinese consumers are ignorant? One of the true selling points of Apple is that it's an or was an 'American' product. That had appeal along with the the tech. But in this age tech can be copied, in fact Apple all but handed over the keys to the kingdom to the Chinese Government all to be able to do business in China. So now they have a product that pretty much Chinese, execpt for the name given by it's founder. And then what do they do? They price themselves right out of the market, thinking Chinese companies or others couldn't compete, wrong move. I mean sure you may have image or the trend, but as they are now finding out the hard way; trends change faster than light in China, and it should, and Apple has no answers or innovative ideas to counter it, and if it did, it would be taken by the Chinese Government and given to Huawei it some other company.

The direction of Apple is appalling frankly and I give respect to China for taking what Apple was giving, Apple honestly thought they had the upper hand with China. But China is way to quick to to let profit slip from its fingers.

Now that said, I love Apple products, with video and audio they are second to none and always will be, but Apple needs to quickly reconfigure it's buisness in China entirely if hopes to get back on top, starting with a little humility and pricing in my opinion. Peace

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Posted in: Apple's bombshell and the trillion-dollar question See in context

I think if he's going to blame China, he needs to blame Apple as well. I mean look, Apple decided to move to China right? For a many number of reasons. But look, do you think Chinese consumers are ignorant? One of the true selling points of Apple is that it's an or was an 'American' product. That had appeal along with the the tech. But in this age tech can be copied, in fact Apple all but handed over the keys to the kingdom to the Chinese Government all to be able to do business in China. So now they have a product that pretty much Chinese, execpt for the name given by it's founder. And then what do they do? They price themselves right out of the market, thinking Chinese companies or others couldn't compete, wrong move. I mean sure you may have image or the trend, but as they are now finding out the hard way; trends change faster than light in China, and it should, and Apple has no answers or innovative ideas to counter it, and if it did, it would be taken by the Chinese Government and given to Huawei it some other company.

The direction of Apple is appalling frankly and I give respect to China for taking what Apple was giving, Apple honestly thought they had the upper hand with China. But China is way to quick to to let profit slip from its fingers.

Now that said, I love Apple products, with video and audio they are second to none and always will be, but Apple needs to quickly reconfigure it's buisness in China entirely if hopes to get back on top, starting with a little humility and pricing in my opinion. Peace

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Posted in: Japan protests over China's unapproved maritime survey See in context

I agree with peter10. Japan needs to devlop it's most southern tip. Convert it to whatever you like, a survey station, a fishing harbor, anything would do at this point, the same can be said for the Senkaku Islands.

If not you can hardly blame the Chinese for taking these actions. They want to expand, those rocks are there, and the undersea resources with them. It's just matter of attrition.

But If Japan is claiming those rocks and islands, they need to physically claim those rocks and islands. The times are quicky moving along now, and diplomatic and retorical arguments will no longer be able to keep things balanced in my opinion. Peace.

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Posted in: Mayweather stops Nasukawa in 1st round, flooring him 3 times See in context

I think Insane Wayne got it right.

Bur how did it happen? This was the fun part for me to see. He actually pulled a Musashi vs. Kojiro tactic.

For anyone not in the Know, it can be said that Musashi took advantage of Kojiro's impatient tempermant. And so on the day of battIe made Kojiro wait on the shores of Ganrujima, (a small island) till the very last minute. And really took his time upon arriving. All feeding Kojiro's ill tempermant towards this type of behavior. Thus giving him the advantage.

This is textbook as to what Mayweather did to not only Tenshin, but Rizin as well. He even made Tenshin re-wrap his gloves once he arrived only 15 min till match time. That must have been very upsetting for the Tenshin team.

That added to his relaxed demeanor as well as deep experience ended this match before the bell rang. No Ali/Inoki happening on thiss night, Just a sweet payday for Mayweather, and a chance for Tenshin and his team to reflect on all the things they need to improve on. It will be interesting to see Tenshin's next fight. Peace.

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Posted in: China, Japan pledge to forge closer ties at 'historic turning point' See in context

I think is great that Japan is trying to help it's self. But remember China has a master plan that by 2050 they will be the top economic and military super power. You don't become that by creating win-win situations in trade or diplomacy with too many others. And China never forgets. Peace.

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Posted in: 'Queen of Soul' Aretha Franklin dies at 76 See in context

A wonderful voice, a wonderful vision for music, and from all I ever knew of her, a wonderful person. Heaven has another great voice for the choir.

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Posted in: Iran's top leader says there will be no talks with U.S. See in context

Why did People go along with it? Usually because of the profit involved. Why else? That's nothing out mainstream thought I think.

Now as for Why the reneging? Because it's not about profit, it's about the protection of the U.S. and its allies.

You think Iran only has the next ten years planned out? Think not. Try the next hundred, or even the next thousand. Iran may not open up negotiations, ever.

They don't care about the next 6 six years. They have probably written it off, and will try to just weather the storm.

The issue with that is these are not ancient times and the world doesn't go at the speed of Iran, but of the U.S. and if they don't come to the table, they may not have a country in the next 6 to ten years either let alone the next hundred or thousand. Peace.

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Posted in: Department store removes wine imported from Golan Heights after protests See in context

The wine we carry is all authorized by the Japanese government, so I don't see why it has to be discriminated against," said Hongo.

Great point.

Daimaru may have made a very hasty decision. And did not make think about in a professional manner

What do customer service want?

What will the impact be on customer base(society)?

Is there profit to be made by taking a product off the shelves?

If a product is good, viable, profitable, and in demand, you need to sell it, or else why are you in business in the first place?

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Posted in: U.S. isolated at G7 meeting as tariffs prompt retaliation See in context

U.S. Tariffs are some of the lowest in the world.

http://www.pewresearch.org/fact-tank/2018/03/22/u-s-tariffs-are-among-the-lowest-in-the-world-and-in-the-nations-history/

These nation's need to stop this complaining and grasping of the status quo in order to keep there pockets filled, and do the right thing by the U.S. Peace.

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Posted in: S Korea says N Korea committed to 'complete' denuclearisation, summit with Trump See in context

I don't know where anyone gets off saying that my president shouldn't get credit for anything yet. Has it been forgotten that 2 very historical things have already been accomplished. 1. Three Americans have been returned to U.S. soil from N.K. and 2. 1 nuclear facility has been destroyed. That was done through very brunt diplomacy 7…

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Posted in: Study says Fukushima radioactive water continues to flow into sea See in context

It has always been a question to me, ever since the idea of an ice wall was was put forward and hope I get the answer to this. They can make frozen wall, but they can't just freeze the the radioactive water in these containers?

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Posted in: Are Trump, Tillerson 'good cop,' 'bad cop' to N Korea? See in context

I don't think good cop /bad cop will work in this era. I mean if had a bunch of reporters telling me everything that the other side was thinking , I wouldn't bother to negotiate either. No, It won't be world governments that bring catastrophe in this one, more than likely it will be the media. It really has no clue as to how much harm it can cause in these situations. Or worse, it may not even care.

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Posted in: No. of foreign part-timers at convenience stores rising See in context

Anytime I recognize another foriegner behind the counter at a convince store, I have nothing but respect for them. I Know they worked so hard to get that position. I'm happy for them. And as a westerner I know I got no excuses. They probably speak 3 different languages, more than one degree, and I just think, 'I gotta work harder'. Any forienger who is pressing ahead in Japan no matter what and doing it with the law in mind, I got nothing but love for you. And marriage is lawful. You need more courage than you could ever imagine to walk that walk, so please don't be too critical.

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Posted in: N Korea threatens to sink Japan, reduce U.S. to ashes and darkness See in context

I'd just like to point out, that If N. Korea was attacked, China or Russia would not come Running to their rescue.

Sure, they would protest, even send supplies and armaments, maybe even advisor's. But just guess how long that would take?

Anybody aware of the bureaucracy of both China and Russia? I mean, really. By the time either of them decided on anything, S Korea would be dragging Mr. Kim off to a deep dark place never to be heard from again, and the country would be in ashes.

No, the North needs to stop, and China and Russia need to come around, unless that's what they want.

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Posted in: N Korean missile launch calls into question Japan's defense ability See in context

Why would China swat the fly irritating their rival?

I think this is more of a case profit. and fear. To me it seems that n.korea is more or less a a nuclear testing ground for China, Russia,and Iran, and probably any one else interested.

That being said, why do something that would cost them more in the long run, why test in your own backyard, when you can have a mule nation do it for you, and take what amounts to scraps for payment?

"you can't blame china, they have their own agenda, one sixth of human beings"

Actually, you could. They could be risking the stability of the entire Pacific rim and beyond, so it really doesn't matter what this priorities are. They very well could be responsible, them as well as other nations that have direct diplomatic and business relationships with n. korea.

Things are never black and white when it comes to things like this, but this here is as close as it gets.

Japan is awesome in it's restraint.

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Posted in: Lightning Bolt strikes twice to win 200-meter gold; Eaton takes decathlon See in context

I think what gets on other sprinters nerves,is that, Bolt originally did not even like the 100, that he just ran it because he was told to by his coaches. His true love was the 200. So, then he comes in and blows everyone away at the 100, and didn't think much of it, while most other 100 meter runners, paticularly the U.S. Runners, have made it there whole life to excel at the event, to the extent we see, of some taking steroids, and damaging there bodies. That's not condoning them, but tells of the seriousness in Which alot of he athletes address the event. Never the less, Bolt is the best. And up until bolt, the U.S. Were no more in humility than Bolt. i think it will do us some good to eat humble pie for a while, and learn to run faster, sometimes the best thing that can happen is for someone like Bolt to come around, and push us to be better. Peace.

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Posted in: Japanese women reach table tennis final See in context

This is real special trio here. We can see three distinct levels and style of play, as well mental makeup. its like each one was specificly crafted to fit this team from the beginng. For instance, you have Ai Chan, skill but much more emotion, than both her two team mates. ishikawa, seemingly no emotion, but is an absolute machine at the table. She is almost technically perfect in here craft, yet again, little personality, like I said, a machine, she seems synthetic. Now hirano, has the steady temperment, yet it seems that also has this kind of 'first prototype' style demeanor. But she has experience. And a calm about her. And so you have this very different three types, yet they fit very well. i wish them the best.

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Posted in: Protests as 12 Osprey aircraft arrive at Iwakuni See in context

I'm not sure if the Japanese understood the difference between 'gaining understanding' and 'permission to deploy' they are entirely different. I really think there was a serious communication problem, and it led to all the the hard feelings. I think mabye that these two phrases may tend to mean the same thing in Japan, however in reality, and especially with american diplomacy, there is a vast difference, and I feel this may have led to drastic misunderstanding, not only this time, but many other times in the past. I am sure there were miscommunicational forces at work, and this led to the false sense of understanding. It really is too bad, I hope the Japanese can deal with it appropriatly, and we can move on from this at a quick pace. Japan, much love.

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Posted in: Junior high school English in Japan from the perspective of students See in context

You know, this program started in the 1890's! It's amazing we are just now getting a curriculi put together. Also why, do we not use the phrase "once again please" or "one more time please" more? Japanese seem to pick this phrase up pretty quick, even JHS,and HS students do. What, or even pardon, seem a bit abrasive to me. But tohis own style. i especially liked number 18, The english teacher is not good enough to teach. I got to tell you, brutal honesty only make you get better at the craft if you can embrace it. If someone saus something like that about you teaching, it about time to step your game. Peace.

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Posted in: Vigil held after massacre at Colorado cinema See in context

It's interesting that they caught him by his car, and there was no struggle. That's strange. He's a college grad. That's strange. Full body armor, a bit odd that, that he could purched this. All weapons and ammmunition legally purchased, this is the only thing in this entire senerio that seems legit, and it kicker is, it really should not be. This is all going somewhere too strange. Our society is really hurting. He shot almost everyone. Good God, what's next?

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Posted in: Kagawa? It's Honda who drives Japan See in context

Truth be told, I really like Honda, he's like ramped up version of hide Nakata. He even has the arrogance to boot. He is definitely a better player than kagawa, in that he has good leadership skills, is very strong, an has tremedous skils, and is very good at conserving his energy on the field and changing the pace of the game with good measure. However, it would be correct to assume that many teams do not want another alpha type player on their team, and His knee is a hinderence. Coach Zaccheroni certainly likes him and appreiciates his services, as well he should, he is very unique. kagawa however, has lot's of players who are just as good as him, but he fits the type foriegn squads are looking for in a japanese player, quick, skillful, standard, good looking and will sell t-shirts, if they wanted a star player, they would have went to Africa, Brazil, or even stayed at home. I feel for Honda , I think he actually deserves a nice contract, He'd make good use of it. But I still like watching him play. He's just playing in the wrong era. 10 years from now, We'll be begging for a player like him.

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Posted in: Muslim Brotherhood claims presidential victory in Egypt See in context

What? People thought eygpt was going to hand over it's country to a religion that wants nothing more than to eliminate, possibly it's freedoms, through it's islamic laws? C'mon, have just a little common sense. This is Egypt,Egypt, you know the military has no intention of letting that happen, and I for one, don't blame them. Just look at ahfganistan. i know it was a different stand of Islam, but still. And you know what the muslims did, to all the historical monuments in ahfganistan right? They destroyed them. The Egyptian militItary and who's who, of peop,e who can have influence, have no intention of letting there be even the slightest chance of that happening. And I am pretty sure the egyptians themselves feel the same way, no matter how taken away they are by the circumstances. in the end they will probably side with the military. Just give it time. I k ow there are a host of other issues to deal with, but in this instance, I think what the military did was not a bad thing.

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Posted in: Iran plans to build nuclear-powered submarine See in context

“Preliminary steps in making an atomic submarine have started and we hope to see the use of ... nuclear submarines in the navy in the future,” deputy navy commander Abbas Zamini was quoted as saying by Iran’s Fars News Agency.

I believe we need to slow down with our assumptions, 'Preliminary steps' has a very very vague meaning to it. That could be nothing more than an off-handed discussion being made public for all we know. Thats like saying, they are in the studying process. It would seem, that this nothing more than a diplomatic move to gain leverage. And nothing more.

Let's also understand that they'hope to see the use of' nuclear submarines in their navy, they still did not specify that they would be built by them. We have actually two seperate statements, packed with lots of questions, and hopes, but no real proof of development. Until then, lets keep the guns in the holsters boys. The west still holds the gauntlet.

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